Twitter CEO meets with lawmakers to talk net neutrality, privacy

Twitter CEO meets with lawmakers to talk net neutrality, privacy
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Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey met with several U.S. lawmakers on Thursday to discuss issues such as data privacy and net neutrality.

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"Pleasure to meet with @Twitter’s @jack today," Sen. Ed MarkeyEdward (Ed) John MarkeyDemocrats slam Trump for considering Putin’s ’absurd’ request to question Americans Hillicon Valley: Mueller indicts Russians for DNC hack | US officially lifts ZTE ban | AT&T CEO downplays merger challenge | Microsoft asks for rules on facial recognition technology | Dems want probe into smart TVs Dems push FTC to investigate smart TVs over privacy concerns MORE (D-Mass.) tweetedMarkey also wrote that Sens. Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharGOP seeks separation from Trump on Russia Hillicon Valley: EU hits Google with record B fine | Trump tries to clarify Russia remarks | Sinclair changing deal to win over FCC | Election security bill gets traction | Robocall firm exposed voter data Election security bill picks up new support in Senate MORE (D-Minn.) and Maria CantwellMaria Elaine CantwellSenators share their fascination with sharks at hearing Poll: Majority of Americans support Roe v. Wade The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by Better Medicare Alliance — Protests and anger: Washington in turmoil as elections near MORE (D-Wash.) attended the meeting with Dorsey as well.

Markey wrote that they had discussed net neutrality, online privacy and immigration.

 

In the House, Dorsey met with Reps. James Clyburn (D-S.C.), Barbara LeeBarbara Jean LeeLinda Sanchez announces bid for Crowley’s spot atop Dem Caucus Dems struggle with unity amid leadership tensions Fifth-ranking House Dem doubles down, says it’s time to overhaul leadership MORE (D-Calif.) Terri SewellTerrycina (Terri) Andrea SewellOn The Money: Commerce to review uranium imports | Lawmakers urge Trump not to impose auto tariffs | White House wants steeper cuts to EPA funding | Google hit with massive B fine Auto industry groups, lawmakers urge Trump administration to avoid tariffs on auto imports Moulton looks to recruit new generation of Dem leaders MORE (D-Ala.) and Cedric RichmondCedric Levon RichmondScalise 'confident' that Jordan 'would stand up for his athletes' Congressional Black Caucus bashes Trump’s move to scrap affirmative action On The Money: Trump defends tariff moves as allies strike back | China says it's ready for trade war | Maxine Waters is done with 'nice guy' politics | ZTE allowed to resume some operations MORE (D-La).

Each is a member of the Congressional Black Caucus and have taken part in its efforts to make tech companies more diverse. Clyburn said in a tweet that they addressed this directly with Dorsey along with election security and digital ad transparency legislation. 

 

Dorsey also met with top Republican lawmakers including Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleySenators push to clear backlog in testing rape kits Controversial Trump judicial nominee withdraws The Hill's Morning Report — Trump’s walk-back fails to stem outrage on Putin meeting MORE (Iowa) and Senate Commerce Committee Chairman John ThuneJohn Randolph ThuneSenators share their fascination with sharks at hearing Helsinki summit becomes new flashpoint for GOP anger Senate weighs new Russia response amid Trump backlash MORE (S.D.) and House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Greg WaldenGregory (Greg) Paul WaldenDominant internet platforms must disrupt themselves Hammond pardons raise fears of emboldened anti-government extremists Oregon ranchers pardoned by Trump fly home on Pence donor's private jet MORE (Ore.). The Twitter CEO's conversations with them focused more on potential misuse of the platform, according to tweets the lawmakers posted after their meetings.

“As part of Twitter’s regular outreach to Capitol Hill, Jack is meeting with several members of Congress on a wide range of issues, including our work to promote the public health of conversations online and to protect data privacy,” a Twitter spokesperson said of the meetings.

 

Earlier this year, Thune’s Commerce Committee held a hearing on extremist use of social media platforms. The hearing’s witness panel featured representatives from major technology companies, including Twitter.

An aide for the Senate Intelligence Committee's ranking Democrat Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerSenate panel advances Trump IRS nominee Bipartisan bill would bring needed funds to deteriorating National Park Service infrastructure Senate Dems press for info on any deals from Trump-Putin meeting MORE (Va.) on Thursday confirmed that the senator also met with the Twitter CEO to discuss Twitter's forthcoming transparency center, data issues and other unspecified regulations. 

Warner has been a vocal critic of Twitter over how it handled Russian election interference on its platform during the 2016 presidential election.